Monday, April 24, 2017

Character Interview: Maud #Writing #IWSGanthology #OfWordsandSwords #HeroLost

The Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life Anthology is coming soon! My story "Of Words and Swords" is in the anthology and I thought it would be great to introduce my main character with an interview.

Please welcome my character Maud from "Of Words and Swords" to the blog today. 

Tyrean: Maud, where did your name come from?

Maud: It is better left unsaid, that which you would have called me in full. It would have made for a different story entirely. Forsooth, I beg of you, do not speak the name.

Tyrean: Mad Maudlin

Maud: Why? Oh, why did you have to remind me?

Tyrean: I liked it. It had a nice ring to it.

Maud: No, no, to live up to a name like that, why I would have had to have been barking at the moon mad.
Tyrean: I thought you liked your words to be lofty and poetic so I thought that Maudlin suited your character.

Maud: Well, I enjoy witty wordplay. But you? You understand plain words and active verbs.

Tyrean: I see. How do you think you came by your poetic moments then?

Maud: There was a reason that they threw a variety of objects at me. If I had my own way –

Tyrean: You don’t.

Maud growls: I know.

Tyrean: If it makes you feel any better, I created your character based on the first lines of a song by a famous group of bardic musicians.

Maud: Truly? 

Tyrean: You can listen to it on youtube here: 

Maud: That song does have a nice rhythm to it. I guess I can forgive you about the name.

Tyrean: For readers and Maud, please note that only a few lines of the song informed Maud's character, The rest of his story will be revealed in the Hero Lost anthology coming May 2nd.

Maud: I don't have time to wait around until then. I have things to do. 

(He straps on both swords and gets on his horse.)

Tyrean: Of course, you may have to --

Maud: Don't say it.

Picture from pinterest and here.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

#Character Interview #CaptainWrath #New Short Story

Please welcome Captain Wrath for our character interview today.  Captain Wrath's new short story "Hothouse" was just published in the April 2017 edition of the quarterly sci-fi magazine Outposts of  Beyond.

Tyrean: Captain, can you explain your name?

Captain Wrath: My name? You're the author. Shouldn't you explain it?

Tyrean: Do you have to be difficult?

Captain Wrath shrugs and gives me a devilish smile: You did write me this way - tempermental one moment and charming the next.

Tyrean: Stop with the smolder, Captain. I'm married.

Captain Wrath winks: You know you love me, darling, so I'll answer this one. Captain Wrath isn't my real name. I was down on my luck when I found a job as a space cruiser captain for Galaxy Cruise Lines and they wanted me to put on a pirate costume, take a pirate name, and run a themed pirate cruise ship.

Tyrean: Yes, like the movies about pirates based on the ride at a certain theme park.

Captain Wrath rolls his eyes: Except I know how to captain and pilot a battle cruiser and I'm stuck babysitting tourists.

Tyrean: You know I don't make you do that part of the job that often.

Captain Wrath: I wouldn't have put up with it if you had tried, darling.

Tyrean: Moving on. Can you tell us something intriguing about your new short story?

Captain Wrath: I had to dance with someone who considers herself the "Empress."

Tyrean: Impressive.

Captain Wrath groans: Not really. She's not a client or a guest, or anyone that I would want to dance with, but the job called for it.

Tyrean: Poor you, dancing with a beautiful woman.

Captain Wrath: There's beauty and there's beauty. Trust me, the Empress is only skin deep in that department.

Tyrean: So, if she wasn't a client or a guest, you weren't on the cruise ship, right?

Captain Wrath: Right. There's the other part of my job, the one that's kept quiet by the company and others. (He raises an eybrow at me and smirks.)

Tyrean: The best part of the job.

Captain Wrath: Definitely. The only one that's worth my time.

Tyrean: What? You don't like leading everyone in the song?

Captain Wrath furtively glances to the side: Shh. Some of my crew might start singing even though it doesn't come up in this new story.

Tyrean: I know. It's in the novel.

Captain Wrath: You haven't finished editing it yet, so I think the song could get lost somewhere in the paper shuffle, darling.

 He winks at me.

Tyrean: The charm doesn't work on me. I wrote it.

Captain Wrath: Too bad, darling.  He saunters back into the space port.

Despite working with Captain Wrath on a number of short stories, an initial novelization attempt, and finally, a full rough draft of a completely different novel with a secondary main character, I struggled to interview him. He's a busy character and he's a bit rough around the edges - if I were to meet all my characters in real life, I would say that he's my most dangerous hero. He has issues - PTSD, a gambling addiction, and a love of fist-fighting. When he isn't in a physical fight, he's also willing to use his good looks and charm as weapons. He makes a ton of mistakes and his crew sometimes has to save him. He has deepened and morphed a bit from the first time he played on the page in a flash fiction challenge back in 2012.

Here's his world-building/character-building Pinterest page.

Here's a link to his new published story: "Hothouse" at Outposts of Beyond.

Someday, I will get his novel into good enough shape to show an editor, an agent, and the world 
- but not quite yet. 

BTW - in the real world, I am slowly recovering from my second surgery. Inclines (hills) and stairs are against doctor's orders so, of course, I experimented three different times and put my recovery into slow-mode. I am following the doc's orders better these days and I can now walk a 1/3 mile distance if it's flat and I go at a snail's pace. I still need naps.

Despite that, I managed to get out to see an hour of the Paddler's Cup event the first weekend in April so I could watch my daughters do some flat-water sprinting. My oldest canoed (and we didn't get any pictures of her) and my youngest kayaked (and we did get one picture from a friend). Of course, all my youngest sees in this photo are her technique "issues," but as her mom, I think she looks fiercely awesome. (And yes, it rained off and on for the event.)
Photo Credit: Cathy Kasperbauer

The event made the news which was great for our team since we hosted it (I didn't volunteer this year but many did).

My dad's 79th Birthday was yesterday and I feel blessed to have a gentle, loyal, adventure-loving, and book-loving Dad.
(He didn't know I was taking this picture last year while we were at the Ted Houk Canoe and Kayak Regatta in Seattle.)

 I wasted some precious writing time on Saturday while watching the new Last Jedi trailer and reading critical reviews of the trailer (really, critical reviews of a movie trailer - I was seriously geeking out.)

So, although as I mentioned in the main post that I had been working with Captain Wrath, he's actually taking a break somewhere at the moment (where do vigilantes go when their writers are letting their WIPs rest?).

I am currently working with another cast of characters in a completely different setting - modern day America (and another location). These characters are comic book geeks. I'm good with some of that, but I realized that I don't know many teen comic book heroes from the Marvel universe who aren't X-men. If you know of Marvel teen comic book heroes who aren't X-men, could you drop me an e-mail at tyreantigger (at) gmail (dot) com? I might need to borrow your expertise.

So, what do you think of Captain Wrath? Had any good/bad/interesting life moments lately? Know any teen comic book heroes? 


Monday, April 10, 2017

Here There Be Dragons #BookDreams #BrainstoBooks Anthology #CharacterInterview

Please welcome my short story character, Mel, for our interview today.

Tyrean: How are you doing Mel?

Mel: I could have been better if you hadn't stuck me in a dragon story.

Tyrean: Sorry. I thought you would do well in any circumstances.

Mel: Sure. A simple country girl like me?

Tyrean: Simple? I thought you were a reclamation specialist?

Mel: That's the name that Gavin came up with for us. It's not how I would introduce us.

Tyrean: So, how would you introduce your team?

Mel: I wouldn't. I'd just steal something.

Tyrean: Wait, where did my favorite tea mug go?

Mel: Exactly. If you want it back, you could pay me.

Tyrean: What if I wrote you into a new story?

Mel: (Snorts) Yeah, right, like you have time for another project. I've heard how you pick up characters, write some stories about them, and string them along with promises of a novel or a better story. I won't be so easily taken.

Tyrean: You're my character.

Mel: (Rolls her eyes) I suppose. The question is: how much will you give me for your pink mug with the pixie on it?

Tyrean: I'll write you a new story. I'll even .... make sure you get the credit in the next one.

Mel: What? I don't want the credit. I really don't even want to be interviewed. If Gavin wasn't already busy at the tavern, getting the patrons interested in our work with his foolish stories, I wouldn't be here.

Tyrean: Hmm. Let's see. What if you rescued a prince?

Mel: Ick. No way! I left my village so I wouldn't be partnered off. Here ... just take your tea mug back and forget all about me.

Tyrean: If you give me the tea mug, I won't marry you off to a prince.

Mel: Deal. Just ... don't forget it. You made me good with knives, remember.

Tyrean: I'll watch for paper cuts.

Mel stalks off, saying unladylike things.

And now you know the kinds of relationships I have with my characters in "Here There Be Dragons. For more about Mel and her sword-partner Gavin (not a romantic partner, according to Mel), read "Here There Be Dragons" in Book Dreams, a Brain to Books Anthology.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

#IWSG and Jen Chandler's 5 Reasons to Write Fantasy

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is an awesome hope that encourages authors and gives us all a place to vent some of our insecurities, as needed.
Started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, this hop has multiple guest hosts, 

My insecurity this month: feeling far behind and out of it.
 I meant to take part in the A to Z challenge. I had a week's worth of posts written. I realized that I really didn't think I could keep up this year with all my health issues. I had some amazing blessings pour in last month with some short story publications, but I didn't even know about them to post about them properly on twitter and other social media sites. I guess I feel like I've lost my social media savvy - if I had any to begin with (doubtful).

However, I do know I have an awesome team of fellow authors in The Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life 2017 IWSG Anthology

Please welcome Jen Chandler winner of the IWSG anthology contest and author of the title story "Mysteries of Death and Life"

5 Reasons to Write Fantasy

1. Fantasy lifts us out of current situation and plunks us down into that of another. The people in the fantasy are always embroiled in issues worse than those of my reality. I'm able to let go for a while and let someone else battle the orcs.

2. Fantasy speaks to the deep need in all of us for wonder. Even the most level headed, practical realist needs something of wonder in their lives. I know they'd argue with me; I know a couple. And perhaps I'm wrong but I don't think so. People who cannot believe in anything higher than themselves are never happy. They constantly argue their perceived superior intellect and position over that of us poor, ignorant bearers of faith in things unseen. Frankly, I have to believe in the magic and wonder, and, yes, the horror of fantasy. It sheds light on the reality around me, helps me make sense of the horrors of the world and reminds me that life really is beautiful.

3. Fantasy is rebellious. Oh yes! Think about it: it's very anti-establishment. I'm not just talking about the current trend of dystopian fiction. I'm talking about every singe epic fantasy out there. The essence of fantasy is a person or group of persons going up against a seemingly insurmountable foe who has declared absolute rule over some aspect of the world in which the hero or heroes live. The Lord of the Rings is always a superb example. The establishment is that of Sauron and the darkness that wishes to cover the entire world. Tolkien wrote LotR after his experiences in WWI as well as in response to what he was seeing with Industrialization in Europe. Every time I read or see the scene where Sarumon's tower and caverns - filled with breeding Uruk-hai and the forges that outfit his army with weapons - get flooded I like to think it was Tolkien's beautiful, literary way of sticking it to the horrible waste of Industrial era England. 

4. Fantasy, as I touched on in #2, helps us to make sense of the reality around us. When I write something fantastic I feel I am at liberty to really delve deeply into the hard issues of life. It's easier to put myself outside of the hurting and the pain and write about it in a fantastical setting and yet I feel that when I write it, I tell it truer than if I were to write an op-ed piece for a newspaper. When I read it in horror, I feel I am able to better understand the decisions people make in dire situations better than when I read it in the papers or online.

5. Finally, fantasy is FUN! Come on, who doesn't want to talk with a sphinx, ride a dragon, or play chess with a troll? OK, I made that last one up.

Born and raised in the deep, dirty South, Jen Chandler cut her story-telling teeth in the old folktales of Appalachia. She grew up chasing ghosts and gods, devouring the myths and legends of Egypt, Greece, Ireland and the British Isles. Now happily ensconced beneath the moss laden oaks of Savannah, GA, Jen delights in rummaging into the dark corners of stories, re-imaging mythology and collecting ghosts, goblins, and other strange things that tap at the back door of her imagination. When not writing, Jen can be found drinking copious amounts of tea, designing and stitching fabric patterns, studying folk herbalism, and re-reading old copies of British Country Living with frightening regularity. She may or may not be addicted to gummy candy. 

Jen wrote the anthology winning story "Mysteries of Death and Life"
Can Death die? Is Death capable of love? A young, homeless woman named Leah meets the Angel of Death in an abandoned church and discovers that he longs for a release from his eternal work. If Leah can’t uncover the reason for his despair, the souls of the dying could be doomed to wander forever.

Read Jen's story and eleven more in the 2017 IWSG anthology 
Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life!

To find out more about the stories and authors featured in the anthology, 
check out the Hero Lost website!

We also still need help with our Thunderclap Campaign. Please sign up if you can. As of the moment I wrote this, we needed just 4 more supporters for it to go live on May 2nd.

Many thanks to all those who have supported the 2017 #IWSG Anthology Hero Lost Anthology in some way already!

And those unexpected short story publications:
"Here There Be Dragons!" in the Book Dreams Anthology (read the e-mail 5 days late)

"I Didn't Know His Name" - at The Drabble. (didn't know this was out until 3 days later)
"New Answers" at The Crawl Space Journal (had received acceptance letter, but didn't realize the day of publication)
"Worries in the Sand" at Story in 100 Words. (came out the same day as my second surgery)
"My Hope" at Story 100. 
Five Hint Fiction Stories in the April 2017 edition of Nail Polish Stories (new this week)

New Books from More Authors:
Piper Morgan Makes a Splash

Piper Morgan tries her hand at acting in the fourth book of the charming Piper Morgan series.

Piper’s mom is helping out at a local pool shop, and the owner wants to shoot a commercial for his store. Piper thinks it’s the PERFECT opportunity to get in front of the camera and experience a little bit of showbiz. But will Piper’s contribution to the TV commercial make a splash—or will it go belly-up?


Learn A Word in 100 Words
By Patricia JosephineA collection of flash fiction inspired by unusual words. Each tiny tale is crafted around a word that is unique or no longer in use. Read them while waiting in line or before bed. They range from sweet and lighthearted to dark and disturbing. Look out for the supernatural, but don’t turn your back on the average human. A killer might be lurking underneath. Expand your vocabulary, and get some inspiration of your own.
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Tales From The Digital
By Renee Cheung (a Hero Lost author who visited my blog last week)
Somewhere along the way, humans found a way to anchor magic into technology, bringing about the commercialization of once-mystic energies. Little do they know that by doing so, they also created a conduit for the fae and other creatures to migrate into a whole new land...

Come explore a world where programs take on lives of their own and the Unseen hide in lost server spaces. Three short stories give a glimpse to the lives of the Unseen and the human developers-turned-technomancers.
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1001 Evocative Prompts 
by Laurel Garver will stimulate your thinking wherever you are in your writing journey and get you writing today. It provides story starts and writing inspiration for a wide variety of genres by focusing on emotions, character development, and pivotal moments.

You can face a blank page with confidence when you use these prompts to warm up, beat writer’s block, develop and maintain a writing habit, change up your routine, start a new project, experiment in a new genre, deepen parts of an existing story, or overcome burnout.

What are you waiting for? Dig in and get writing right now!

Have you supported Hero Lost already? See a book you like? And, what are your reasons to write the genre you love?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hero Lost Authors

The Hero Lost Authors have been a super supportive bunch, and I'm generally a bit behind.

Yvonne Ventresca has me over at her blog today for an Author Spotlight! Thank you, Yvonee!

I hosted Renee Cheung here last week on the same day that Erika Beebe hosted me. Thank you, Renne and Erika!

Erika is hosting Ellen Jacobson today. 

And, Olga Godim is interviewing Yvonee's character, Sylvia, at the Hero Lost site.

A number of other posts are roaming around as well - please stop by and visit this amazing group of authors.

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017 Goals Post

Although I had said I would take an internet break for two complete weeks, I'm back.


Because I love this hop.

So, I'm here for a tiny moment today - trying to keep it short. 

My main goal last month was to get healthy.

Just mostly recovered from my first surgery (gallbladder removal), I had a surprise phone call from my gynecologist. A cancellation freed up a surgery spot on March 20th. So, less than a month after my gallbladder was removed, I had four fibroids, several cysts, my uterus, and my fallopian tubes all removed. They left my ovaries so I wouldn't go into medical menopause. Thanks to all the amazing prayers, encouragement, and the anesthesiolist's understanding of my body's inability to break down drugs quickly, I had a fairly quick first and second day recovery. I still have a long ways to go, but I feel much stronger than I expected to at this point.

So my main goal for April is still to get completely healed from both surgeries.

My second goal is to do whatever I can to help and encourage my eldest daughter to make a great decision for her college years and her future. At this moment, she is considering bio-engineering as a major. Six universities have accepted her and most have offered merit scholarships. It's her turn to make a decision and it feels huge. 

My third goal is to get a bunch of writing done on my main WIP in April. I'm not going to name a word count at this point, but I'm going to go for it.

Some blessings this last month have been:

The Hero Lost Anthology Authors rock. I have never worked with a group of people to promote a book before this and they are wonderful!

My short story "Here There Be Dragons" made it into the Book Dreams Anthology

My short story "New Answers" was published at The Crawl Space Journal. 
A new drabble that I wrote this year "Worries in the Sand" was published at A Story in 100 Words.
Another new drabble "I Didn't Know His Name" was published at The Drabble.
"My Hope" at Story 100. 
(At the end of May, I'll do a mini-report back about Duotrope - where I've been finding short story markets.)

I finally started up a newsletter that I think will work.

I've been using Hootsuite and I like it. I prepped two weeks worth of stuff before I went in for surgery.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Laurel Garver's 5 Reasons to Write with Prompts

5 Reasons to Write is an ongoing series highlighting writers who love to write. Topics can include writing with certain genres, writing with prompts, or writing with various types of technology (text, voice, and more). 

Five Reasons to Write with Prompts

By Laurel Garver

Some writers feel that using writing prompts is like riding a bike with training wheels—fine for beginners to get them moving, but too restraining for the more experienced. The fact that creative writing teachers often include them in courses can also give them an elementary flavor.

But prompts are useful beyond mere apprentice-work practice stories. Writers at every level can benefit from bringing prompts into some part of their process. Here are five reasons to write using prompts beyond “so I can get an A in my undergrad fiction writing course”:

1. To warm up
No Olympic track star rolls out of bed and walks directly to the blocks, nor does a dancer simply strap on her toe shoes and dance The Rite of Spring. The pros know you can't perform your best unless you first warm up and stretch. And because the biggest obstacle to writing is one’s resistance to simply sitting down and beginning, a low-pressure warm up can be a helpful way to ease you in. Write to a prompt for ten minutes before you turn to your larger project, and you may find that, like the athlete, it enables you to go faster when you do "hit the track" (work on your manuscript), and like the ballerina, it enables you to move with greater ease and grace.

2. To overcome writer’s block
Writer’s block usually has one of two root causes: hitting a wall with a project or being in a creatively dry period. Essentially, a wall or a desert. Prompts are an excellent way to step away from the sense of frustration and simply play with words. Rather than stubbornly clench your fist around a plot problem or characterization glitch that has you stuck, take a creative vacation by writing to a prompt. It will enable you to mentally relax and give your intuition space to work. And rather than despair about having no ideas, pick up a collection of prompts. These germs of ideas from other creative minds that can often kick-start your creativity.

3. To experiment in a new genre
If you’ve always written one genre, prompts can provide excellent starter ideas to experiment in another genre, to try it on for size and see if it is a fit for you. Genre experiments can also help you avoid getting stale—even if you return to your genre of choice. For example, writing a romance short could help you develop skills with adding subtext to dialogue; experimenting with horror could help you become more deft at tension building and slow reveals. Spinning a prompt in an unexpected direction will open you creatively, help you develop your problem-solving skills, and widen your writing range.

4. To deepen parts of an existing story
Many early drafts suffer from lack of development of either the characters or the plot. Prompts can be helpful tools for doing this development work. They can helping you delve deeper into who these fictional people are and what they’d naturally do in certain situations. They can also provide new ideas for conflicts and obstacles to incorporate into your story, expanding the kinds of experiences your characters have—things you might not have come up with on your own.

5. To overcome burnout
It’s not unusual while writing a novel to hit a stage that you hate your story and have no motivation to continue working on it. Or perhaps you’ve finished the manuscript and are growing weary of the revision process. Your energy has been expended in one direction so long, you feel you can’t take another step on the same path. When experiencing this kind of burnout, writing to a prompt can be a way of having a little creative vacation elsewhere. Writing about your own past—taking prompts in a memoir direction—can be refreshing. So can imagining a character from your current project in a scenario unlike anything in your novel. Let the characters reveal new facets of themselves to you, and you may find your enthusiasm returning. Or simply play in another genre, writing a short story from a prompt for fun to restore your faith in your creative gifts.

Laurel Garver is the author of young adult fiction, poetry, and resources for writers. She holds degrees in English and journalism and earns a living as a magazine editor. An indie film enthusiast and incurable Anglophile, she enjoys pulling jinx pranks at Ravenclaw alumni events and plotting how to hijack a Tardis. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Connect with Laurel:  Blog / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

About the book
1001 Evocative Prompts for Fiction Writers
Ideas, emotions, images, intriguing questions, perplexing dilemmas—these are the raw materials from which great stories are built.

1001 Evocative Prompts will stimulate your thinking wherever you are in your writing journey and get you writing today. It provides story starts and writing inspiration for a wide variety of genres by focusing on emotions, character development, and pivotal moments.

You can face a blank page with confidence when you use these prompts to warm up, beat writer’s block, develop and maintain a writing habit, change up your routine, start a new project, experiment in a new genre, deepen parts of an existing story, or overcome burnout.

What are you waiting for? Dig in and get writing right now!

A Note from Tyrean: Since I started following Laurel's blog serveral years ago, I have noticed that she creates some wonderful writing prompts and great articles about writing. I highly recommend this book! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

#Hero Lost author Renee Cheung's 5 Reasons to Write in the Technomancy Genre

The 5 Reasons to Write series
proudly presents
the authors from
Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life

for the month of March

Please welcome Renne Cheung!

5 Reasons to Write in the Technomancy Genre

1. The perceived dichotomy of technology and magic
There is a stereotype that when it comes to magic and technology, it’s either/or. I’m not sure where this idea that technology is the antithesis of magic came from but it seems to prevail in fiction. What’s worse is that often, it feels like technology is positioned to be the death of everything magic represents - dreams, intuition, wonder, to name a few concepts.

Perhaps this is due to technology going hand in hand with science and industrialization. After all, even Arthur C. Clarke said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” which implies that magic is simply what science has not been able to explain yet. As a result, science and what it produces, technology, is often used as an antagonistic force in fantasy. (Anyone remember Fern Gully?) But to view something so prevalent in our lives so negatively in an entire genre is rather unfortunately, in my opinion and technomancy is a subgenre that works to correct this misconception.

2. The wonder in our lives
Were you one of those kids that went looking in the back of closets after reading the Chronicles of Narnia for the first time? I was. I remember looking at everything with wonder and trying to catch magic in my hands. Well, wardrobes don’t exactly exist anymore and instead, what we got are computers and laptops. With technology so deeply woven into our lives, why are we not introducing more wonder in those aspects?

Just as one of my fellow anthologist, Jen Chandler, mentioned once in an interview I conducted with her, I want to rekindle that sense of wonder but instead of looking at a forest and wondering if there are faeries about, I want someone to look at social media and wonder if the amount of emotion we pour out via our technology might lead to something else.

3. Social commentary on technology
The fantasy genre is often used as social commentary with the ability to highlight issues about the current society while sneaking past people’s defences because it’s taken out of context of the world as we know it today. I believe the same kind of conversation needs to happen about our technology. Just like Terry Pratchetts Discworld is such a brilliant satire on a range of topics from politics to economics and culture, I believe that technomancy fiction can fulfil a similar role about technology today.

4. An opportunity for education
Learning about technology can be boring (well unless you are a tech nerd). Technomancy is an opportunity to introduce technology, or even the workings of, in a fun way to a wider audience. For instance, I was able to introduce Slack, a chat platform, in one of my stories. I’m fairly sure that outside of the tech industry, not a lot of people know about Slack, but it is an application used widely in many workplaces. Sure, it’s not exactly accurate (technomancy is a subgenre of fantasy after all) but it may inspire someone who previously was not interested in technology to take another look.

5. Technomancy...wha…?
I am well aware that the term is not very commonly used, at least in some circles. Technomancy is a term used more often in tabletop and video games than in fiction. And that’s a reason in itself - there’s simply not enough technomancy fiction out there.

Renee uses her years of experience as a developer to write about the what-ifs of magic and technology. When she is not suspiciously peering at her computer in between her writing, she can be found roaming the streets with her family or gaming (whether it’s video games, board games or table-top RPGs) with her similar-minded friends.

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Renee wrote the story "Memoirs of a Forgotten Knight" for the 2017 IWSG Anthology, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life.

Long ago, before the Unseen migrated into servers and networks, a hedge-knight sought to save a village from a dragon. But being a hero always has its price.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

An Unexpected Date Change

Picture By Joe Papp - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

My second surgery date moved up to this coming Monday, March 20th. This was decided on Wednesday, March 15th. I had the pre-op appointment the same day the surgeon's office called. Due to that, I plan to take an internet break for two weeks. I posted a bit last time and I don't think that was smart given that I was loopy and in pain. Plus, this surgery is considered harder. I'll be spending a night in the hospital and I have six weeks of "no lifting, no twisting, no bending, no dishes, no vacuuming" although I will be expected to get up and walk in tiny amounts each day building to a half hour of total walking time split in four sessions per day by the time I hit the two week mark.

On a good note in my writing life, I have a new story out at The Crawl Space Journal in Issue #2, which can be read online here.

I have submitted over 20 short works in the last week - over half of these were re-submissions of old works previously rejected. I am proud of that bit of accomplishment although I feel like all of my lengthy works are getting derailed again.

I will set up advance tweeta for the Hero Lost Thunderclap, the Hero Lost Goodreads Giveaway (coming next week), and the Hero Lost blog tour sign-up. If you see my tweets, remember I am just a memory/reminder in the machines for the last two weeks this month.

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I'm planning on going to see a movie this weekend, eating out once, getting some laughs, and spending some sweet time with my family. Plus, I'll be preparing a stack of movies, books, audiobooks, music, and other items in my room and a bunch of frozen meals for the first two weeks. (Although my daughters are both awesome cooks, my hiatal hernia has forced me to eat bland food which I don't always want to inflict on my spice and hot sauce loving family. My daughters treat hot sauce like ketchup.) My husband is going to do a mega grocery store run and my kids are cleaning the entire house this weekend, so all will be prepared for the first week or two of miserable recuperation. (I have to accept that it will be that way - this will be my fifteenth surgery total and my second one this year, so I have a pretty good idea of how I recover. It's better to go into it with a plan.)

Do you have any "get well, comfort" movies to recommend?
I have a tendency to veer towards odd humor, geekiness, scifi, fantasy, and plenty of action - the more sick I am, the more action I watch. I think I like to imagine that my body is fighting that hard to heal. I do like a good drama now and then, but not when I'm under the weather.
My faves like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Up, all the Star Wars movies, Avatar: The Last Airbender (the entire series), and all the Harry Potter movies are lined up already. I'll probably add Guardians of the Galaxy to the mix, too. Firefly is sitting in my Netflix queue.

Oh, and I almost forgot ...


In honor of all things Irish, I invite you to write a limerick today!

According some sources, probably not the best ones, this was the first known limerick printed in an 1880 New Brunswick newspaper:

There was a young rustic named Mallory,
who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

There is the limerick we all know from Princeton University in 1902:

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

Limericks can get dirty, but they don't have to be. There's even a mathmatical limerick found at Math Mayhem.

The form is an AABBA rhyme scheme, which means the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with one another, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other but not the others. The first, second, and fifth lines also usually have three feet of three syllables while the third and fourth have two feet of three syllables, or more simply: 9-9-6-6-9 (numbers of syllables in each line).

To help make it easier, the phrase "there once was a" is a traditional starting point.

If you have time after reading this hideously long post or if you come back here in the two weeks that I'm missing, go ahead and write your limerick in the comment section! 

Oh ... and, I have a story coming out in the Brain to Books Convention anthology next month and I'll be attending, although not as much as I had originally planned. For more info on that, go here.